OSWEGO, NY – April 2014 was a surprising month, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.
The average temperature last month was 45.9 degrees. That is 1.2 degrees warmer than usual.
“I couldn’t believe it, Gregway said. “It felt cold to me. I was rather surprised by how the numbers turned out.”
There were no records set in April. But there was one near-record. The high on the 14th was 79 degrees; that is just shy of the record (80) set in 1968.
April had just 1 day where it was 80 degrees.
There was 1 day where it was in the 70s and 1 day it was 32 degrees.
The overnight low was in the 20s 4 times and 3 times it was in the 30s.
Total precipitation for April came in at 4.08 inches. That is 0.76-inch above average. And, for the year, precipitation at the end of April stands at 12.87. That is 0.43-inch below average.
There were 15 days of measurable precipitation; 3 of them were in a row.
A trace fell on 3 days and 12 days had no precipitation at all, including 2 runs of 3 days in a row.
Snowfall in April amounted to only 1.0 inch. That is 3.3 inches below average. For the winter, at the end of April, snowfall was 154.5 inches. That is 3.7 inches above average.
The area received 48 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 3 percentages below average.
The number of cloudy days, 12, was 2 below average.
The number of partly cloudy days, 15, was 7 above average.
The number of clear days, 3, was 5 below average.
There were no thunderstorms in April, which is 1 below average.
April had 4 foggy days. That is 3 above average.
The highest barometric pressure was 30.59 on the 16th and the lowest was 29.26 on the 8th.
“It was a windy month,” Gregway said. “There were 9 days when the winds were more than 20 mph.”
The strongest winds were greater than 30 mph –on the 5th from the north-northwest, on the 10th from the southwest and on the 30th from the southeast.
Last year, April was 1.9 degrees above average. The highest temperature was only 75 degrees, “but it felt warmer overall,” Gregway noted. “Precipitation was just a little bit above average, too.”
Snowfall “was way below average,” he added. For the winter, at the end of April, it was 104.3 inches, which is 46.5 inches below average.
The warmest April on record is 52.0 degrees in 1878. The coldest is 30.1 degrees in 1923.
The highest temperature in April is 90 degrees in 1990. The lowest is 11 degrees set in 1923.
April 1859 is the wettest on record (7.03 inches) and 1915 (0.61-inch) is the driest.
There have been 6 times where April was snow-free. “The average is 3.3 inches and we usually have at least a trace,” Gregway said.
April 1983 holds the dubious honor of having the most snow – 17.9 inches.